Debrief | ‘Spot’ on!

30 May,2013

By Anil Thakraney


I totally approve of’s advertising. This is because they use disruption very effectively to break the clutter, and that’s the ideal ad strategy for a young brand that does not have deep pockets. You need to knock hard to get noticed. In addition, does something even better: they run topical ads. Again, a smart thing to do, this gets the ads discussed.


The latest TVC deals with the spot-fixing scandal in the IPL. A cop advises cricketers not to sell their souls for money, and to instead sell their used items via Fridge, TV, A/C, etc. The camera pulls back, and we discover a man standing next to him (a prisoner), fidgeting with the towel. The cop accuses the chap of spot-fixing, and then starts torturing him.


Haha. Good fun, I likes. It is a realistic situation (this is what Sreesanth must be going through right now), and the cop speaking in Haryanvi dialect is too funny. That too is authentic, because the bowler has been arrested by the Delhi cops. Notice that the ad would have cost peanuts to produce, but the impact is immediate. Always a sign of intelligent advertising.


If there’s one little problem with the ad, it’s that I feel they should have cast a Sreesanth lookalike. And made him weep exactly the way our man did after Bhajji gave him that crashing back-hand flip. That would have been so very cool.


Rating: (On a scale of 1-5): 3.5 Topicality works. It’s funny too.


Anil Thakraney is a senior journalist and commentator. He is also Editor-at-Large, MxMIndia. The views of the writer are his own.


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